Chair's Press

03.31.22

Senators Murray, Warnock Push Efforts to Lower Cost of Lifesaving Drugs Like Insulin at Roundtable with WA and GA Patients

Senator Murray: "Lifesaving drugs don't do any good if people can't afford them-but we're going to fix that." ***WATCH: MURRAY, WARNOCK TALK LOWERING DRUG COSTS*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and U.S. Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-GA) joined Protect Our Care and patients from Washington state and Georgia for a virtual roundtable to discuss their fight to lower the cost of… Continue Reading


03.31.22

Durbin, Murray, Schumer, Senators Call on Department of Education, DOJ to Follow Through on Pledge to Improve Handling of Student Debt Bankruptcy Claims

In their letter, the Senators asked the agencies what steps have been taken to change federal policies regarding challenging student borrowers who seek bankruptcy relief (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee; U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP); and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today led 24 U.S. Senators in sending a letter to … Continue Reading


03.30.22

Murray Statement On Weil Confirmation Vote

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement after the Senate failed to confirm David Weil as Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division at the U.S. Department of Labor. "I'm incredibly disappointed to see Dr. Weil, an exceptionally qualified nominee with a long track record fighting to ensure workers get the wages they have earned, did not get the votes tonight to … Continue Reading


03.30.22

Senator Murray Announces $4.5 Million in New Title X Funding for Washington State as Republicans Seek to Once Again Undermine the Program

Funding will help Washington state patients get the birth control, STI testing and treatment, and other preventive care they need As Democrats deliver essential family planning funds for communities across our country, Senate Republicans seek to reinstate Trump's gag rule Senator Murray: "While Republicans are working to undermine the Title X program, I'm fighting to protect it-because I know what these resources mean here in Washington state. Title X delivers essential reproductive he… Continue Reading


03.29.22

At HELP Hearing on Retirement and Emergency Savings, Murray Discusses Ideas for Bipartisan Package to Strengthen Families’ Financial Security

Murray, Burr working on bipartisan retirement and emergency savings package Before the COVID pandemic, two in five families would struggle to get $400 for an emergency Many people still lack access to retirement plans, don't participate in them, and don't have clear complete information needed to make important financial decisions Senator Murray: "It is painfully clear we need to do more to strengthen people's emergency savings and retirement security." *** WATCH: SENATOR MURRA… Continue Reading


03.25.22

Sen. Murray, Sec. Walsh Hear from Washington state Union Workers, Push for PRO Act and Workers First Economy

Senator Murray: "We need to protect every single worker's right to form and join a union and bargain collectively-and that's exactly what the PRO Act will help do." ***PHOTOS OF THE EVENT HERE*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh, U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal, and union workers for a roundtable in Seattle discussing the importance of … Continue Reading


03.25.22

Senator Murray, Secretary Walsh Push to Strengthen Workforce Development Opportunities in Washington State

Senator Murray: "When you help people invest in themselves and their careers, you open doors, help them better support their families-and you allow employers to hire workers with the skills to be successful." ***PHOTOS OF THE EVENT HERE*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), held a roundtable discussion in Tacoma with the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor, Marty Walsh, focus… Continue Reading


03.24.22

Senators Murray and Burr Ask Government Watchdog to Examine Need for Additional Spousal Protections for 401(k) Retirement Assets

Senators: "People plan their futures around their retirement accounts, so it is important that no one have these critical resources undermined by their spouse's decisions without their knowledge or consent." Unlike defined benefit pension plans, defined contribution 401(k) plans-the most common retirement option for families-lack protections to prevent one spouse from independently undermining a couple's retirement resources Washington, D.C. - Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and P… Continue Reading


03.23.22

Senator Murray on Idaho Abortion Ban: “Republicans Won’t Stop There”

Washington State could see a 385% increase in patients seeking out-of-state care if Roe is overturned (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on Idaho adopting a copy-cat abortion ban modeled after Texas' SB-8, which bans abortion after six weeks and allows family members to sue the abortion provider for a cash prize for helping a patient get an abortion. Unles… Continue Reading


03.23.22

Senator Murray Hears Directly from Student Borrowers in Washington State, Reiterates Her Call to Extend Payment Pause and Fix Broken Student Loan System

Senator Murray: "My message to Washington state student loan borrowers is a simple one: you deserve real relief-and a fair, workable system-and I'm going to keep working to make sure you get it." ***WATCH: Senator Murray hears directly from student borrowers in Washington state*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, hosted a virtual roundtable with Washington state borrowers and the st… Continue Reading


03.23.22

Senator Murray Continues Bipartisan Progress On Addressing Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Crises: “We Need to Rise to This Moment”

Murray holds HELP hearing, continues to make headway on legislation to support communities and help people get care for mental health and substance use disorders Senator Murray: "We need to rise to the moment by strengthening the tools communities are already using effectively to help people get care, and providing new ones to address the gaps and emerging issues this pandemic has made so much worse." *** WATCH: SENATOR MURRAY'S OPENING REMARKS HERE *** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U… Continue Reading


03.22.22

Murray, Casey Statements on “Troubling” FDA Report on Abbott Contaminated Formula

(Washington, DC) - Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), and Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) issued the following statements on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's recently released Form 483s from three inspections conducted at Abbott Nutrition's facility. While these Form 483s are inspectional observations and do not constitute final FDA determinations of violations, they revealed that Abbott "did not establish a syst… Continue Reading


03.22.22

Senator Murray at Child Care and Pre-K Hearing: Democrats’ Bold Proposal Would Finally Solve Broken Child Care System, Lower Costs for Working Families

Senator Murray: "When it comes to child care-things are not working for families at all-and they haven't been for some time." *** WATCH: SENATOR MURRAY'S OPENING REMARKS *** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, led a hearing focused on the broken child care system and the Democratic plan to lower child care costs, get families more child care options, and boost wages for child care work… Continue Reading


03.21.22

ICYMI: HELP Committee Passes Bipartisan Murray-Burr PREVENT Pandemics Act in 20-2 Vote

PREVENT Pandemics Act takes common sense steps to act on lessons learned from the pandemic response and improve the nation's preparedness for future public health emergencies Public health experts, officials, and industry stakeholders applaud important steps in bipartisan bill Washington, D.C. - Last week, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee advanced out of committee-in an overwhelming 20-2 vote-Chair Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Ranking Member Senator … Continue Reading


03.18.22

Murray, Casey Applaud Biden Administration Push to Phase Out Subminimum Wages for Workers with Disabilities

Historic grant will now finally help states develop innovative approaches to transition workers with disabilities who earn subminimum wages into competitive integrated employment opportunities where they can earn a fair wage (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee and U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Chair of the Special Committee on Aging, commended the U.S. Department of Education for launching… Continue Reading


03.16.22

Murray Meets with Trans Youth and Families, Takes to the Senate Floor to Urge Action to Protect LGBTQ+ Community Against Republican Attacks

Senator Murray: "We've got to be even louder than Greg Abbott or whoever is taking aim at trans kids. We've got to push for legislation like the Equality Act that would send a powerful message of support and fairness for trans and gay Americans. And we've got to stand up for a future without this awful hate, harm, and division we're seeing-and with a lot more compassion for each other." ***WATCH: ROUNDTABLE WITH TRANS YOUTH, FAMILIES, AND ADVOCATES*** ***WATCH: SENATOR MURRAY TAKES TO SE… Continue Reading


03.16.22

Senator Murray Pushes Biden Admin to Extend Student Loan Payment Pause until 2023, Take Action to Fix Broken Student Loan Programs & Lower Cost of Higher Education

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement on the student loan payment pause and the work ahead to not only support current borrowers but lower the skyrocketing cost of higher education for future students. "When I talk to student loan borrowers in Washington state, one thing is painfully clear: the student loan system is broken. It is ruining lives and holding peopl… Continue Reading


03.15.22

Senator Murray to Republicans on Equal Pay Day: “Work with Democrats to Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act”

Senator Murray: "I'm once again calling on all my Republican colleagues: work with Democrats in our fight for equal pay and help us pass the Paycheck Fairness Act." (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on Equal Pay Day. "On Equal Pay Day, we are reminded that about one-half of the workers in this country earn less than they deserve-and for many women of … Continue Reading


03.15.22

Murray, Jayapal, Advocate Leah Griffin Celebrate Passage of Legislation to Help Sexual Assault Survivors Access Care in VAWA

Key provisions of Survivors' Access to Supportive Care Act (SASCA)-first introduced by Sen. Murray in 2016-included in reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Senator Murray: "The story Leah bravely shared with me years ago when we started this fight was all too common across our country …. I was appalled when I heard about this and determined to fix it, because treating survivors of sexual assault and ensuring they can seek justice should be a priority in our health … Continue Reading


03.15.22

Senator Murray Statement on Idaho’s Copy-Cat Abortion Ban

Washington State could see a 385% increase in patients seeking out-of-state care if Roe is overturned (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on the Idaho Senate and House passing a copy-cat abortion ban modeled after Texas' SB-8-which bans abortion after six weeks and allows family members to sue the abortion provider for a cash prize for the supposed "crime" … Continue Reading

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